Bears defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano to retire: Sources – The Athletic

For the third time in four seasons, the Bears will be hiring a defensive coordinator.

Chuck Pagano will retire, according to multiple league sources. The longtime defensive coach and former Colts head coach ran the Bears’ defense the past two seasons. It ranked in the top 10 both seasons by the Football Outsiders DVOA metric.

Matt Nagy will be the one making the hire, as he and GM Ryan Pace are expected to return for the 2021 season.

The defense didn’t meet expectations, though, considering the star power on that side of the ball. After leading the league in 2018 under Vic Fangio with 36 takeaways, the Bears have combined for 37 in Pagano’s two seasons. The pass rush has also fallen off — after 50 sacks in ‘18, the Bears recorded 32 in ‘19 and 34 this past season.

In the playoff loss to the Saints, the defense had one of its better performances compared to how it had played against the Lions, Packers and Vikings…

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